Women's soccer drops season opener to Notre Dame, 3-1

Junior forward Lexi Pelafas takes a shot at goal against WMU on Oct. 22 at the CMU Soccer Complex.

A road trip to South Bend, Indiana proved to be too much as No. 14 Notre Dame knocked off Central Michigan soccer, 3-1.

In the Chippewas season opener Thursday, they were outshot by the Fighting Irish 28-10 while committing eight fouls to Notre Dame’s four.

The Fighting Irish struck within the first eight minutes with a goal from sophomore Eva Hurm to take an early 1-0 lead. The Chippewas responded near the 20 minute mark with senior Madison Costner finding the back of the net to help CMU carry a 1-1 tie going into halftime at Alumni Stadium.

The home team would find momentum in the second half with a goal from freshman Brooke Vandyck just past the 60 minute mark, while Hurm scored her second of the game just past the 72 minute mark to give Notre Dame a 3-1 lead.

The Chippewas host Southern Utah Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Soccer/Lacrosse Complex.